The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new report “A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future´ confirms that the steady production growth in fast fashion is intrinsically linked to a decline in utilisation per item, leading to an incredible amount of waste.
It is estimated that more than half of fast fashion production is disposed of in under a year, and one garbage truck full of textiles is landfilled or burnt every second.
This ‘take-make-dispose’ system is not sustainable, and if nothing is done – the report predicts, these severe weaknesses are expected to grow exponentially with dramatic environmental, societal, and economic consequences, ultimately putting industry profitability at risk.
The four proposed solutions include:
The full report can be found at this link.